Please Donate to Help Make the Festival of Altars Possible

Help keep Day of the Dead alive in San Francisco and donate here!

Each year, the Marigold Project must raise the funds for the Festival of Altars at Garfield. The tradition of an outdoor altar exhibit has served as a unique, spiritual community space- encouraging and enabling thousands of moments of healing, connection and celebration for over three decades.

We are asking our Day of the Dead community to stand together to ensure this event remains a FREE community event, with no corporate sponsors. If you have been touched by Day of the Dead and would like to see it continue and grow, please consider donating a gift. Any amount welcome. All donations will go towards:

1) Securing permits for Garfield Park

2) Supporting infrastructure required by the city (portapotties, toilet paper, dumpsters, trash cans and trash bags)

3) Supporting artistic expression at the Festival of Altars (purchasing flowers for the communities use in building their altars!

 

All donations are tax deductible.

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Want to Build an Altar? Info Meeting Tuesday the 17th in Garfield Park

Build a Box Altar

Info meeting Tuesday Oct 17th – 6pm

Outside the Clubhouse in Garfield Park

 

We invite you to be inspired by the tradition of shoe box altars. We are seeking community members or organizations interested in creating large box altars to anchor the sacred space of the park for the community to come together, celebrate and feel the complexities of emotions associated with death.

We will provide one 3’x7′ cardboard box each for community member or organization interested in creating a large box altar. This year we are encouraging all community members to make more personal and individual shoebox altars this so please keep that in mind when constructing your large cardboard box.

The Marigold Project invites traditional, contemporary and experimental altars that address grief and loss on a social, spiritual and personal level. We encourage and support altar’s that engage community participation.

The Marigold Project is asking that the altar proposals incorporate the following directions, elements and age groups. These elements are universal symbols that connect indigenous cultures and traditions with the present. By placing these symbols within the altars at Garfield Park we invoke the ancestors and create a sacred space. Please indicate which one best suits your project when submitting your proposal.

THE DIRECTIONS/ELEMENTS

North- Earth: Elders

East- Air: Children

South- Fire: Young Adult

West- Water: Adult

Center- Ether: Ancestor

These elements are universal symbols that connect indigenous cultures and traditions with the present. Within the altars at Garfield Park we invoke the ancestors and create a sacred space.

Bienviendos Welcome

In San Francisco, Day of the Dead has been celebrated in the Mission district since the early 70’s with altars in Garfield Park, serving as a community graveyard for the night and through art, music, other live performances and a walking procession.  Dia de los Muertos is a traditional Meso-American dedicated to the ancestors; it honors both death, grieving and the cycle of life.  This community interactive art filled event is open to everyone and all who wish to participate are welcome.